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Why have overt expressions of Jew-hatred increased since October 7?

Why have overt expressions of Jew-hatred increased since October 7?

Anti-Semitism is a protean and flexible instrument, as well as an incredibly virulent and long-lived one.

It may seem puzzling that, instead of increasing sympathy for the Israelis among previous Palestinian supporters in the West, the October 7 massacre seems to have done the opposite: increased the hatred, and not just hatred for Israelis but also for Jews. There are individual exceptions, of course, but in general the virulence and number of expressions of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiment – especially on the Left – have grown stronger.

What’s more, the Hamas and Iranian planners of the massacre probably knew it would have that effect, and that’s one reason why the atrocities were filmed and disseminated. There are many elements involved in this, and I probably won’t touch on all of them, but here are the ones that come to mind.

(1) I wrote an article for PJ Media back in 2007 that discussed some of this in depth and related it to, of all things, Romanticism. You can find the article here; I suggest you read it, but I’ll excerpt just a bit here:

[Romantics] believed in the necessity of fighting for your beliefs to the last breath in your body …they believed in the value of martyrdom as such, no matter what the martyrdom was for…. — Isaiah Berlin, The Roots of Romanticism …

[Romanticism] informs our lives in many ways, including – surprisingly enough – our political lives: [The Romantics] sought regeneration — a regeneration we can liken to that of the medieval heretic or saint. They favored selfless enthusiasm, an enthusiasm which was an expression of faith and not as the product of utilitarian calculation. Emotion — unbridled emotion — was celebrated irrespective of its consequences.

If Romanticism glories powerful emotion “irrespective of its consequences,” it becomes easy to see why rage and nihilism are no strangers to the movement. …

The lengthier [Isaiah Berlin] excerpt includes Berlin’s assertion that the Romantics glorified those perceived as downtrodden: the failures and the minorities. Romantics didn’t just express empathy or sympathy for them, but actually elevated them to a place more worthy and more noble than the successes and the majorities. …

Romanticism (and Leftism) dictates not just sympathy for the Third World, but near-veneration of those there who combine a sense of victimhood (real or imagined) with what the poet Yeats called “passionate intensity,” which is the essence of Romanticism.

Anger is part of that passionate intensity, and it’s often a dominant part.

The more the Palestinians and Hamas rage and commit barbaric mayhem, the more terrible the Israeli offenses must be that sparked the rage – at least, that’s how the minds of the Left’s Romantics operate. And “Romantic” is not a compliment.

(2) Related to #1 is that cognitive dissonance is mentally painful and people ordinarily seek to resolve it not by changing their minds about something but figuring out a way to adjust to the new information and keep their old belief system. This article discusses the phenomenon:

“Western activists for Palestinians”, he added, “are dedicated to two nearly theological precepts: that Israel is evil, and that no Palestinian action is ever connected to any Palestinian outcome”. Hamas’s gruesome attack, he concluded, “poses a threat to this worldview, and the only way to resolve it is by heightening Israel’s imagined malevolence. The terrorist atrocities don’t trigger a recoiling from the cause in whose name they were carried out; they lead to an even greater revulsion at the victim.”

It’s as though there’s a balance scale in which the greater the Palestinian offense, the greater Israel’s crimes must have been in causing such a reaction. That way the person’s belief system is kept intact. The MSM leads the way on this.

(3) There is also the sad fact that a great many human beings get off on watching violence, including violent sex. The porn channels are filled with it, and the many people who watch violent sex around the world are both desensitized to milder versions of it because they’re used to watching it, and titillated by stronger versions of it.

(4) When all else fails, there’s always denial. Many Palestinians and their supporters send out the message that the atrocity films aren’t real and that they are Israeli lies. It’s ironic, because such lies are the Palestinians’ stock in trade, but it’s a very effective approach because the denial also solves people’s cognitive dissonance because they can tell themselves it didn’t happen (or the worst of it didn’t happen).

(5) For the anti-Semitic True Believers, the films act as a releaser for expressions of hate, and they also see that they have many fellow-travelers when they watch similar demonstrations all over the world.

(6) In Europe, believing that the Israelis and Jews are Nazi-like, rather than that it is Hamas and many Palestinians who are Nazi-like, gets Europe off the hook for the Holocaust. There is truth to this saying (the linked article is from 2010):

As an Israeli psychoanalyst once noted with bitter irony, the Germans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz. The corollary to this observation is that Europeans will never forgive the Israelis and the Jews for Auschwitz. …

Of course, nothing Israel has ever done can even begin to compare to the crimes of the Shoah. But to help alleviate their feelings of guilt, Europeans delegitimize Israel, ignore modern anti-Semitism, and portray Muslims – who number over one billion and whom no one seeks to eradicate from the earth – as the new persecuted Jews of Europe.

Israel’s measures against the phony peace flotilla also provided Europeans an opportunity to demonstrate their hypocrisy when it comes to Jews flexing some muscle. Many of these same Europeans, after all, have attempted to shift at least some blame to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust for their own suffering, arguing that the Jews allowed themselves to be carted off to extermination camps without resistance. …

Europe is infatuated with passive Jews and memorial events for dead ones. When Jews actually strike back, Europeans cry that they have reacted disproportionately and failed to engage in diplomacy with the terrorist entities that seek their demise.

I have written several posts about this false – and pernicious – perception that Jews went meekly to the slaughter (see this, to take one example) when there were good alternatives they did not take. Not only did the majority of Jews try to flee and very often had their escape blocked, but people minimize the amount of deception the Nazis used to keep people at least somewhat ignorant. For example, why were the victims told they were going to delousing showers – and why did the gas chambers even have fake shower heads? Deception. What were all those fierce guard dogs about, and are people aware that the potential victims who tried to get away were simply killed right then and there in front of the line of people? And if a Jewish person could escape prior to being sent to a camp (or even after), where would that person go when all doors were closed to them? And weren’t so many of the people who were gassed the old and infirm, and mothers with children? And are critics aware that many many Jews “resisted” by killing themselves prior to the roundups? Or about the fact that Jews had been disarmed previously (see this for how it was accomplished)? Or about the actual cases of violent resistance by Jews against all odds?

The entire “they went meekly to the slaughter” narrative is a dangerous fiction and oversimplification, although it’s certainly true of some people. But the persistence of the charge shows both a lack of understanding of the situation the Jews of Europe faced, and a desperate desire to believe that there was actually a way out that wasn’t taken by the Jews.

Anti-Semitism is a protean and flexible instrument, as well as an incredibly virulent and long-lived one. This has been clear for a long time, but it’s now even more clear.

[Neo is a writer with degrees in law and family therapy, who blogs at the new neo.]


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Why have overt expressions of Jew-hatred increased since Oct 7th?

Well, it’s obvious. If Israel, had not responded and taken action to destroy Hamas, there would be no demonstrations, rallys, or protests.

The hate has come out because Israel is really pissed and they’re taking drastic action. They recognize they are in a fight for their survival and when this is over, the mid-east will not be the same.

Working today. Just had a huge anti-Israel rally outside police headquarters where I work. My Lebanese Christian colleague with me today detests these people as much as I do. We watched the motley procession from our 7th floor office. He hopes Israel wipes out Hezbollah from Lebanon. He loves Israel. A real mensch he is.

These people are afraid that the sheer brutality we witnessed on October 7 will increase support for Israel.

    guyjones in reply to LukeHandCool. | October 28, 2023 at 8:33 pm

    Raymond Ibrahim and Robert Spencer have often pointed out the ignorance of contemporary European, Leftist dhimmis, and, American Dhimmi-crats, in gullibly and stupidly believing that Arab Muslims are the alleged “native” people of the middle east, not even being aware that Judaism and Christianity pre-dated Islam by a significant span of time, and, that the supremacist, totalitarian, belligerent and pathology-laden ideology of “Submission” spread from Arabia and conquered other regions, via sadistic warfare and atrocities.

    Many of these idiots believe that any Egyptian, Lebanese or other Christian living in a majority-Muslim country, today, must necessarily be a convert from Islam.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | October 28, 2023 at 7:47 pm

Why have overt expressions of Jew-hatred increased since October 7?

Why did mosque construction in America and importation of muslims get super-charged after 9/11?

caseoftheblues | October 28, 2023 at 8:27 pm

Hmmmm…. Just spitballing here but Biden letting in 10 million people in the last 3 years … most of who have have hatred and contempt for the US and our Allie’s may be playing a teensy part

    LeftWingLock in reply to caseoftheblues. | October 29, 2023 at 9:05 am

    Respectfully, I think you are wrong about most illegals hating America. IMO, almost all illegals from Mexico and Central America came here to support their families. In general, they love America and the opportunity it has provided them. Asians and South Americans are a mixed group. Africans generally don’t have a work ethic and are here for the free ride.

      WestRock in reply to LeftWingLock. | October 29, 2023 at 11:59 am

      IMO 38.4% of statistics are made up on the spot.

      How have you come up with this conclusion? How did you get your sample population? Over what period of time and which locations. I’d also like to see your questions. I’m sure it’s good work and when it’s published it will change the opinions of many.

      Are you going to do a follow up study?

      caseoftheblues in reply to LeftWingLock. | October 29, 2023 at 2:57 pm

      You have the rose colored glasses nailed to your head. They hate us and our country..,,80% plus. Don’t be stupid and naive

      Subotai Bahadur in reply to LeftWingLock. | October 29, 2023 at 3:06 pm

      Looking at the illegals; they are all foreign invaders acting deliberately in opposition to our laws and our national sovereignty. Further, there is no apparent intention to obey that law once here and they seem to demand that Americans support them indefinitely. One could make the case that this is therefore a hostile foreign invasion. Further, the fact that the majority are military aged males with those inclinations and that a significant fraction are involved in international cartels are not indicators that they can be considered desirable immigrants worthy of tearing down our borders to draw here. And they do nothing to counter that impression.

      Subotai Bahadur

      caseoftheblues in reply to LeftWingLock. | October 29, 2023 at 3:16 pm

      Illegals hate the US so much that if you Google info on it you will get NOTHING.. wake up you idiot

Conservative Beaner | October 28, 2023 at 8:36 pm

The hate has always been there and now the left is not afraid to show it.

Why have overt expressions of Jew-hatred increased since October 7? Because liberals are fascist and anti-Semitism is irresistible to fascists.

Thanks to new neo for putting romanticism back into my mind. It was very clarifying.

Anders Behring Breivik fits the Romantic mold. His was Arthurian romanticism and Germanic naturalism. That’s my very amateur understanding of how he may have viewed the world around him.

Wagner wanted to use myth to reunite modern man with the passion from which rationalism, the industrial process, and capitalism had separated him […]

Encyclo Britannica –

Excellent analysis! Thank you!

Ninth Dimension | October 29, 2023 at 8:05 am

I’ve definitely noticed more people openly expressing antisemitism. Newly emerged astro-turf activist organizations like Jewish Voice for Peace are accepted without question and treated as legitimate in the news. They’re the BLM of this episode.

Steven Brizel | October 29, 2023 at 8:11 am

Dara Horn summed it up quite well-the woke world loves dead Jews as cannon fodder for its cause but hates live Jews who adhere to the traditions of Judaism and Israel which fights for its life every day

Because George Soros & Friends are paying them.

This all smells like BLM & George Floyd.

Stop being played.

“Why have overt expressions of Jew-hatred increased since Oct 7th?”

Because Hamas, and their allies the progressive left, see the sledgehammer about to impact Gaza. They have put their orders and funding out to their massive network of ignorant rent-a-rioters to apply max pressure on demonizing Israel in hopes it will stave off the inevitable.

Israel isn’t listening this time.

    Baxter in reply to Gosport. | October 29, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    Well. We’ll see.

    Any explanation for Elon Musk and starling?

      Gosport in reply to Baxter. | October 29, 2023 at 4:48 pm

      What will we see?

      I have no idea what “starling” is.

      As to Elon Musk, I assume you are asking about his decision to allow recognized humanitarian aid organizations in Gaza to access Starlink (which is a communications system). Why does that need explaining?